Fears Iceland's largest volcano may erupt following earthquakes

Iceland's Meteorological Office say it is monitoring the Katla volcano following several large earthquakes in the area.

Story highlights

  • Two large earthquakes have rocked Iceland's largest volcano
  • Scientists are monitoring the situation in case of an eruption

(CNN)The Icelandic Meteorological Office is on alert for a possible eruption from the country's largest volcano, Katla, after two earthquakes rattled the region.

The volcano, which stands at 1,500 meters (nearly 5,000 feet) tall, hasn't had a major eruption since 1918. Scientists say Katla usually erupts once every 50 years.
Two magnitude 4.5 earthquakes shook the area early Monday morning.
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    The meteorological office confirmed an increase in seismic activity in recent weeks and said it was monitoring the situation. An eruption is not imminent, scientists said, but they can't rule it out.
    "Such summertime increases in seismicity are common at Katla and the ongoing activity within the caldera is similar to summertime unrest observed in 2012 and 2014," the office said.